Marvin's Room with Amanda Parris on CBC Radio
On Sept. 23, 2017, the music world lost one of its most passionate voices: the "screaming eagle of soul," Charles Bradley.
Even before he was diagnosed with stomach cancer, Bradley had lived a life of struggle that left him valuing each breath in a way so few of us do. In the documentary Charles Bradley: Soul of America, Bradley shares that he grew up in extreme poverty, eventually living on the street and sleeping in subway cars. Bradley lived through the murder of his brother and a near-death experience of his own before he eventually began moonlighting as a James Brown impersonator. It was after one of these performances that he was discovered by the co-founder of Daptone Records — a meeting that would change everything.
At the age of 63, Bradley released his debut album, No Time for Dreaming.
In the following years, Bradley toured extensively, and his performances became the stuff of soul music lore. He performed each song as though it was his last. He hugged everyone as though he would never see them again, and he channelled a lifetime of pain into an expression that left audiences in a state of catharsis. It’s called soul music for a reason, and Bradley bared his soul with each and every song.
Thank you, Mr. Charles Bradley, for sharing your voice, heart and soul with the world.
Marvin's Room Playlist for Oct. 20, 2017:
- D’Angelo, "Brown Sugar"
- BJ the Chicago Kid, "Turnin’ Me Up"
- K. Forest, "Easy Way"
- Charles Bradley, "Heartache and Pain"
- Gladys Knight and the Pips, "Midnight Train to Georgia"
- Daniel Caesar feat. Syd, "Take Me Away"
- Blackstreet, "Don’t Leave Me"
- Glenn Lewis, "It’s Not Fair"
- Pyrex, "Make It"
- Bone Thugs ‘N Harmony, "Crossroads"
- Rose Royce, "Wishing on a Star"
- Jully Black, "Until I Stay"